Producing telecast of 77th Grey Cup was thrilling!

Twenty-one years ago today, I did something I’d never done before (or since) – I produced the Grey Cup on CBC.

Dave Ridgway

"RoboKicker" Dave Ridgway hammers the biggest field goal of his career - the one that ended the greatest Grey Cup game ever played

The 9-9 Saskatchewan Roughriders, under John Gregory, were going up against the 12-6 Hamilton Tiger-Cats, under Al Bruno. It was the first Grey Cup game played in Toronto’s brand-new SkyDome. And it’s generally regarded as the greatest Grey Cup game ever played. You remember…Saskatchewan’s Dave Ridgway kicked a 35-yard field goal as the game ended, giving the green Riders their first Grey Cup in forever. Final score – SASK 43  HAM 40. And producing it was an experience unlike any other. (more…)

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If our intrepid photog was any higher in Commonweath Stadium, he'd fall off the back

If our intrepid photog was any higher in Commonweath Stadium, he'd fall off the back!

One of TSN's two main Grey Cup mobile monitor walls...34 cameras in total

One of TSN's two main Grey Cup mobile monitor walls...34 cameras in total

 

Coffey, Oilers split marked beginning of the end

If you are an Edmonton Oilers fan – and I’ll admit I am – today’s 23rd anniversary of the day Glen ‘Slats’ Sather sent Paul Coffey to the Pittsburgh Penguins brings back a very strong flood of memories.

Paul Coffey

Not since Bobby Orr had the NHL seen such an offensively explosive defenceman as Paul Coffey

Memories of what a magnificent player Coffey was. Memories of a day that revealed the first crack in the Oilers’ dynasty. And memories of what was, arguably, the greatest hockey team in the history of the NHL. (more…)

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Will Joey Votto be Canada’s last baseball MVP?

I am thrilled that Cincinnati Reds’ superstar – and Canadian – Joey Votto is the near-unanimous National League MVP for 2010.

Joey Votto

Reds' Canadian superstar Joey Votto is the NL MVP - but how many Canadians will follow in his footsteps?

But it also makes me a little sad. Sad because baseball interest in Canada is on the decline. It has been for several years. I understand that it’s a slow game and in a how-could-I-possibly-not-text-while-I’m-driving world, it doesn’t mesh with the pace of society. I don’t care. It’s an absolutely wonderful game. It’s the most tactical sport anywhere. And, if we’re not careful, Canadian guys like Joey Votto will cease to exist. (more…)

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NHL, Colin Campbell need to learn some lessons

Colin Campbell

At this point in his business career, for the NHL's Colin Campbell to send the e-mails he did is almost unfathomable

All day on Monday, I read tweets from members of the media who’ve got personal experience in dealing with Colin Campbell. One wrote that questioning Campbell’s integrity is “not fair.” A former NHL head coach and general manager wrote that anyone who questions “(Campbell’s) integrity and ethics simply doesn’t know the man.” Maybe not, but here’s what I know. I know that the NHL’s Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations should be a lot smarter than to send an e-mail referring to a player in his league as a “little fake artist.” Yet, he did. (more…)

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